Mosaic: a journal for the interdisciplinary study of literature
Volume 46, Number 1, March 2013
pp. 151-167 | 10.1353/mos.2013.0005
This essay considers Gordon Lish's invocation of Walt Whitman in his novel Dear Mr. Capote. The novel illustrates, I argue, a profound evolution in the representation of literary self-celebration in American literature and suggests how contemporary efforts to celebrate oneself have reversed the optimistic potential assigned to them by Whitman.